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  • christina carter – lace heart – root strata

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    Reissue of the 2006 CDr released on Christina’s own Many Breaths imprint.
    Three sides of music & an etching of one of Christina’s drawings on the fourth side.
    Red vinyl with maroon splatter.
    Edition of 500.

    Recorded at the Magic Blueroom, Northampton, MA, September 2005.


  • le révélateur – extreme events – root strata

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    Five years after founding Le Révélateur, Montreal-bred musician Roger Tellier-Craig returns to Root Strata with Extreme Events, a collection of dense sonic studies that betray a futuristic and timeless beauty. Alongside collaborator Sabrina Ratté, who creates the project’s videos and live visuals, Le Révélateur operates at the ideological intersection of audio and visual, analog and digital, nostalgic and anticipatory, human and machine. Extreme Events is characterized by complex rhythmic asymmetry and twinkling aesthetic resonance — ultimately a prescient re-vision of hypothetical cyberpunk futures realized in the desert of digital decay and burgeoning artificial ecologies.


  • duane pitre – origin – root strata

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    the entirety of Origin’s musical material is comprised of the vibrating strings of Pitre’s ensemble of bowed “harmonic-guitars,” which are unconventionally strung electric guitars (utilizing multi-unisons) tuned to intervals corresponding with the Harmonic Series, a.k.a. Just Intonation. No effects processing (pre or post) was used in this recording. All effect-like qualities result from the multi-unison strings (phasing), sympathetic vibrations, combination/difference tones (of the chosen just tuning), and natural acoustic phenomena as such.

    Edition of 300 LPs in full color jackets with coupon for DRM-free MP3s of the entire album.


  • jon porras – undercurrent – root strata

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    “Edition of 500. California Gothic set to the tidal rhythms of the Pacific and tuned into the metabolic pathways of the northwest coast. Porras (Barn Owl/Elm) has scripted a love poem to the mist, a prayer cast in ghostly reflected guitar and deep pools of distortion. The ominous opening of ‘Gray Dunes’ is a dense and impenetrable murk, a fear that eventually succumbs to distortion but then gives way to an endless open space of delay in its second half. Its trajectory is symbolic of the record as a whole, with many of the darker paths on Undercurrent leading to lush other worlds of delicate beauty, fragile guitar notes that emerge from the sea for a moment or two then fade back into the whole. ‘Calm’ and ‘Lands End’ are lovely spots of respite, clear beams of moonlight breaking through the clouds, a shot of light that ushers in the lone funerary come down of closer ‘Gaze’.”


  • harold budd – perhaps – root strata

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    Limited double LP version. Recorded live on December 8, 2006 at a memorial event for James Tenney at California Institute of the Arts, Perhaps is Harold Budd sublimely distilled. Striking in its restraint and simplicity yet profoundly resonant in its depth and message, it is both eulogy to a departed friend and defining statement from an artist at the apotheosis of his career. Originally available only digitally (and only from Samadhisound’s web site), Perhaps sees its first-ever and much-deserved physical release, mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Engineered by Justin Jones (at CalArts), Clay Chaplin and Aaron Drake. Edited by Justin Jones. Layout by Vicky Fong. “Some 35 years ago, Jim Tenney and I were half of the composition faculty at the brand new California Institute of the Arts — CalArts. He was in those five years (1970-1975) my best friend. We lived in an out-of-the-way rural area at the fringes of the Mojave Desert and were often to be found drinking beer and playing pool in one of a number of local cowboy bars. We never agreed about music. Jim was a champion of early 20th century modernism; I was an anti-vanguard sensualist, at least in music. In the early 70s, Jim set about writing a series of ‘Post Card Pieces’ — short aphorisms for dozens of friends. The one for me was called ‘(night)’, as I recall: asking for something that’s ‘very long … nearly white’ … My performance, in Jim’s memory (75-minutes, non-stop and improvised) was, thus, not a composition but a provocation, and one I whole-heartedly addressed: I loved every moment. The ‘titles’ were conjured a month after the performance. Mostly, they don’t refer to any aspect of the music they’re joined to. The final task was to edit out some (but not all) extraneous noise and to shorten some gaps (as I pondered very quickly what to do next).” –Harold Budd, January 31, 2007


  • vestas – forever falling toward the sky – root strata

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    ” Forever Falling Toward the Sky is the first ever release by Bay Area based Vestals, AKA Lisa McGee. A taught set of haunting electric ballads, these five tracks weave together a number of layered guitars and vocals into a smokey tapestry of blown electricity. Rather than the ephemeral drones McGee has been involved with recently, most notably the group-mind ensemble Portraits & the duo Higuma, Vestals retains the clarity of song, with these hypnotic gyms having been slowly carved out over a year of recording & mixing. Filled out with drum machine & bass, Forever Falling Toward the Sky really does have the feeling of a group completely jelled, hammering out feedback in a California basement, high on guitar worship & sunsets.” Edition of 300 copies, featuring guest appearances by Evan Caminiti (the Barn Owl dude!) and Trevor Montgomery (Tarantel).



  • maggi payne – ahh-ahh music for ed tannenbaum’s technological feets 1984-1987

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    ***damaged corners in shipping, not terrible but definitely dinged. price has been lowered***

    The music on this LP was originally composed by Maggi Payne from 1984 – 1987 for the performance group Technological Feets. Formed by video artist Ed Tannenbaum in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981, the group combines dance, live video processing & music. This is the first time these recordings have ever been released on vinyl, and aside from the track Ahh-Ahh (Ver 2.1), the first time any of it has ever been officially released. Composed on an Apple II computer & various early sampling devices, Payne’s compositions are a vibrant response to the call from the moving body. Populated with buoyant pulses, graceful analogue swells, dense fog-like drones and cascading rhythms that shift in space, AHH-AHH is a vital document of not only these early collaborations, but of computer based music as well.

    Originally trained as a flutist, Payne was exposed to electronic music while studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana and later at the then newly established MFA in electronic music and recording media program at Mills where she is now co-director of the Center for Contemporary Music. She studied with many greats in the field, including Gordon Mumma, Robert Ashley & David Berhman (who’s composition ‘On The Other Ocean’ features her on flute) . Her musical career is extensive, stretching back over 30 years in both solo works & various collaborations.


  • jon porras – undercurrent – root strata

    out of stock

    “Edition of 500. California Gothic set to the tidal rhythms of the Pacific and tuned into the metabolic pathways of the northwest coast. Porras (Barn Owl/Elm) has scripted a love poem to the mist, a prayer cast in ghostly reflected guitar and deep pools of distortion. The ominous opening of ‘Gray Dunes’ is a dense and impenetrable murk, a fear that eventually succumbs to distortion but then gives way to an endless open space of delay in its second half. Its trajectory is symbolic of the record as a whole, with many of the darker paths on Undercurrent leading to lush other worlds of delicate beauty, fragile guitar notes that emerge from the sea for a moment or two then fade back into the whole. ‘Calm’ and ‘Lands End’ are lovely spots of respite, clear beams of moonlight breaking through the clouds, a shot of light that ushers in the lone funerary come down of closer ‘Gaze’.”


  • duane pitre – origin – root strata

    $18.00 Add to cart

    the entirety of Origin’s musical material is comprised of the vibrating strings of Pitre’s ensemble of bowed “harmonic-guitars,” which are unconventionally strung electric guitars (utilizing multi-unisons) tuned to intervals corresponding with the Harmonic Series, a.k.a. Just Intonation. No effects processing (pre or post) was used in this recording. All effect-like qualities result from the multi-unison strings (phasing), sympathetic vibrations, combination/difference tones (of the chosen just tuning), and natural acoustic phenomena as such.

    Edition of 300 LPs in full color jackets with coupon for DRM-free MP3s of the entire album.